Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/1925 Kimball piano


I have a 1925 Kimball piano serial number 363182 and I was wondering if it was worth having fixed up, if there was any value to it? Thanks so much!

Hi Steph:

Before we start down the 'fix it' road, are you using the piano?

The reason I hesitate because I'm just going to "guess" here that it is a full vertical (upright) piano. I have to guess because I don't see the configuration in your question.

If you measure it from the floor to the top I'll know better.

Then...it really depends on what "having it fixed up" entails.

If we're talking a tuning and minor repair, that's usually OK.

Anything passed that on an old upright is rarely worth it unless it has heirloom (family) value.

So here is your homework:

1. Configuration of the piano: upright, console, spinet, grand...a measurement here or a picture would help.

2. What do you think is wrong with the piano?

3. When was the last time it was serviced?

4. How serious are you about use of the piano...occasional, lessons, etc.

Armed with that,  you and I can make some educated choices.

I'm here...now...go...do your homework :-)

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